Radio Grognard

375 EpisodesProduced by Glen Hallstrom

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Using Up Stuff

July 16th, 2019

11:49

I read an email and talk a bit about resource management.

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Strip Search

July 15th, 2019

12:06

I talk about the difference between rules-light and stripped-down RPG rulesets.

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Play The One You Brought

July 14th, 2019

11:45

I talk about how I have more games than I can regularly play and the importance of choosing the one(s) that will get the most use.

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Vince and Equipment

July 13th, 2019

9:10

I do a mini-tribute to RFI and Vince Florio and talk about distinctive equipment.

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It's The Pits

July 12th, 2019

7:54

I talk about traps (focusing on pits) and how you can compound the danger.

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Adding New Critters

July 11th, 2019

11:27

I talk about working new monsters into your world.

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When It All Falls Apart

July 10th, 2019

11:46

I talk about when campaigns tend to dissolve after a handful of sessions and what to do about it.

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Well Yes, But...

July 9th, 2019

13:03

I talk about how I make rulings and modify the "Yes" rule.

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Cunning Or Not?

July 8th, 2019

10:58

I talk about how I learned how to play NPC bad guys per their intellect.

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Small Skills, Big Results

July 7th, 2019

10:55

I talk about how real-life experiences can help your character and the GM.

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A Good Sub Is Worth It

July 6th, 2019

7:16

I sort of ramble on about sub-classes in RPGs.

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The Bottom Line

July 5th, 2019

13:49

On this one-year anniversary episode of Radio Grognard I talk about what RPGs and the OSR is all about for me.

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Rockets Red Glare

July 4th, 2019

12:12

I talk about a really funny parody of this show and, in honor of Independence Day here in the USA, I talk about the 1E spells Faerie Fire and Pyrotechnics.

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Too Many Books and A Contest

July 3rd, 2019

13:32

I talk about folks who have too many copies of gamebooks and I do a contest for a few of mine.

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It's WHAT I got

July 2nd, 2019

14:42

 I talk about how a GM can do a lot with a little and how they should make the most of what they got. 

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The Kids These Days...

July 1st, 2019

7:55

I talk about watching my grandson run a game and a couple pointers I gave him that'd help other young GMs out there.

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Reading A Module

June 30th, 2019

13:59

I talk about how I look over a module for possible use in my games.

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Keeping Tabs On The Tabs

June 29th, 2019

11:46

I talk about getting inspiration from the more sensational tabloids such as (especially) the Weekly World News.

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The Power of The Playtest

June 28th, 2019

14:50

I talk about how playtesting your convention scenario will help make a better game.

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Gotcha!

June 27th, 2019

13:45

I talk about one of Matt Colville's YouTube videos, player agency, how capturing PCs happen and what to do about it.

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It's All In The Mind

June 26th, 2019

16:06

I talk about how timing and judicious use of illusions (or any spell for that matter) can make your wizard quite effective. 

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Practice Practice Practice

June 25th, 2019

13:47

I talk about what it takes to be a better Game Master.

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RPGs, Aging and You

June 24th, 2019

12:41

I talk about health, age and RPGs.

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Pieces of Dungeon

June 23rd, 2019

8:49

I talk about megadungeons and how they can be used in pieces for many different scenarios.

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BtB Don't Work For Me

June 22nd, 2019

10:32

I talk about how running a game By The Book just doesn't do it for me and how i need to houserule them.

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Many A Quaint and Curious Volume

June 21st, 2019

12:58

I talk about older copies of 1st Edition AD&D and the feel of nostalgia they inspire.

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Sharp Character, Dull Blade

June 20th, 2019

10:35

I talk about intelligent (and not-so-intelligent) weapons.

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Cinematic Vs. Literary

June 19th, 2019

8:32

I rant a bit about the film vs. book viewpoint in RPGs.

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Dread

June 18th, 2019

10:48

I talk about starting a campaign in a group of islands such as those in Mystara's Sea of Dread.

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More Cantrippin'

June 17th, 2019

12:34

I talk more about 5E cantrips in response to John Alan Large's Red Dice Diaries blogpost.

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Trippin' On Cantrips

June 16th, 2019

9:09

I talk about the history of cantrips in D&D and how I think 5E got it right.

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DungeonTech

June 15th, 2019

11:06

I talk about using bits of current tech in your fantasy campaign after disguising them in the trappings of the genre.

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Let's Flip It

June 14th, 2019

7:57

I talk about starting the PCs in an all-wilderness campaign by having their world underground so they have to "explore the dungeon" on the surface.

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Meshing

June 13th, 2019

9:25

I talk about how to mesh other locations into whatever campaign world you're using.

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Cohesion

June 12th, 2019

8:55

I talk about group cohesion and what a GM can do if the game has none.

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NTX Con Bits 2019

June 11th, 2019

14:22

I talk about my experiences at North Texas RPG Con 2019 and bits about running con games.

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[NSFW] Flounder, Skippy and The Grognard - LIVE from North Texas RPG Con 2019

June 10th, 2019

20:48

Okay, I sat down with Erik Tenkar and Vincent Florio at the Frog God Games booth to talk about NTRPG Con, gaming and stuff in general. We also …

You Packin'?

June 5th, 2019

13:19

I talk about games to pack for conventions. It's also my last episode until after North Texas RPG Con 2019.

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My Three Indies

June 4th, 2019

15:04

I talk about my three favorite indie RPG publishers out there today: Monkeyblood Designs, Night Owl Workshop and Bloat Games.

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Petty Adventurers

June 3rd, 2019

12:32

I talk about a campaign idea I never used, based on an Orson Welles film.

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Embracing The Chaos

June 2nd, 2019

10:28

I talk about how I'm enjoying when the game goes south because of PC actions.

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A Friend Indeed

June 1st, 2019

11:36

I talk about animals, in particular familiars and animal companions.

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Safe At Home

May 31st, 2019

8:16

I talk about different types of places PCs can use as their home base.

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And When I Die...

May 30th, 2019

12:14

I talk about cataloging your RPG collection for when you pass on.

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Missing The Target

May 29th, 2019

9:35

I talk (rant) about how I don't like DCs, target numbers and the like.

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Making Census of Population

May 28th, 2019

11:20

I answer an email about population, monster distribution and other stats in a fantasy world.

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Witness The Power of These Fully Operational PCs!

May 27th, 2019

12:23

I reflect on power the PCs have in-game and wonder if it's a good thing or not.

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GM Mash

May 26th, 2019

9:21

I talk about some genre mash-ups I've seen and thought about.

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Colossal! Stupendous! Tedious!

May 25th, 2019

9:42

I brainstorm some ideas on how to run PCs versus multiple opponents.

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Adjusting Convention Games

May 24th, 2019

12:02

I talk about a couple tips for running games at conventions.

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Roll 'Em Out And Fill 'Em Up

May 23rd, 2019

11:13

I talk about random dungeon-building books out there and the thoughts and concepts I use to stock said dungeons.

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Down In The Dumps

May 22nd, 2019

10:18

I talk about starting the PCs in another interesting place - The Town Dump.

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Wheat And Chaff

May 21st, 2019

12:29

I talk about editing and saving scenes and ideas for your game.

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RPG Erosion

May 20th, 2019

10:29

I talk about wearing down high-level characters to make the adventure manageable.

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Map, Drop and Roll

May 19th, 2019

10:27

I start off talking about making dungeon maps, then dice-drop tables and finally I end up on the subject of the supplement Vornheim. Just one of those days, I guess. 

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The Replacements

May 18th, 2019

12:20

 I talk about how to replace characters when players leave the group. 

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The GM's Real Estate

May 17th, 2019

10:53

I talk about the space behind the GM's screen and how I maximize it.

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Con Crud

May 16th, 2019

12:54

I talk about the upcoming NTRPG Con and some general things about bringing non-gamers to cons.

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What Does Not Kill You...

May 15th, 2019

11:43

I talk about higher-level games and how it helps the GM.

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Mundane Made Awesome

May 14th, 2019

14:02

I talk about how the mundane things in character's lives can be used as RPG fodder.

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Madness! This Is Madness!

May 13th, 2019

11:38

I talk about starting a campaign in an usual place and way.

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Brevity Is The Soul of Witty GMing

May 12th, 2019

9:10

I talk about humor in games and how to use it.

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Old-School State of Mind

May 11th, 2019

11:54

I talk about how the OSR mindset differs from later RPG editions and how the newer gamers could use a bit of it.

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Pass The Word

May 10th, 2019

9:15

I talk about how a GM handles the flow of information to the players.

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Throw 'Em In And Go

May 9th, 2019

8:47

I talk about a Kickstarter that ends soon and quick RPG rules you can take on the go.

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Crit Me Deadly

May 8th, 2019

12:59

I answer an email about AS&SH and then muse about using elements of Film Noir in RPGs.

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Here's The Lowdown...

May 7th, 2019

10:30

I talk about exposition, info dumps and how to handle them.

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Keep 'Em Busy

May 6th, 2019

16:05

I talk about how to keep your NPCs busy, keep going forward with their plans and generally keeping campaign life going on.

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Blockbusting NPCs

May 5th, 2019

12:29

I talk about writing up NPCs like monster stat blocks.

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The Power of Adjectives

May 4th, 2019

7:31

I talk about how the use of adjectives in place descriptions helps you immerse the players into the campaign.

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Go With The Flow

May 3rd, 2019

12:20

I talk about the flow of the game and how the GM and players control it.

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Arms And The Men

May 2nd, 2019

8:49

I talk about tech and weapons in your world and how they affect it.

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Be The Tailor

May 1st, 2019

13:35

I talk about how to tailor you RPG campaign to your players.

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Tighten Up

April 30th, 2019

12:54

I talk about tightening up and condensing my prep.

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Package Deal

April 29th, 2019

11:00

I ramble on about races, classes, race/classes and if the special abilities you get as you level up need to add a skills on top of them.

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The Scare Factor

April 28th, 2019

9:55

I talk about the difficulties in adding a horror element into your campaign.

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Mail And Stuff

April 27th, 2019

14:32

I answer a few voice and emails then ask my listeners what they want me to talk about.

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The Rat Came Back

April 26th, 2019

11:21

I talk about how my campaigns do not have recurring villains and steps to take to fix that.

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RPGs In The R.A.W.

April 25th, 2019

8:31

I talk about R.A.W. (Rules As Written) in RPGs.

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No, You Can't Play Conan!

April 24th, 2019

10:28

I talk about players who want to model a character from other medium and the problem it creates.

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Chasing Chaos

April 23rd, 2019

11:29

I talk about figuring out sub-systems and how I do chases in RPGs.

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The Script Or The Hook?

April 22nd, 2019

10:59

I talk about modules and how I prefer plot hooks for campaign use.

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And Then There Were...House Rules

April 21st, 2019

11:21

I talk about a recent Magic Missile discussion going around and ponder how house rules come to be.

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What's To Know?

April 20th, 2019

10:10

I weigh in on the entitlement and accountability issue that seems to be going around.

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Grognard's Picks

April 19th, 2019

9:30

I answer Mark Wallring's email about what I think wold be good "starter" modules.

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The Grognard's OSR Buying Guide

April 18th, 2019

13:42

 I talk about where to get OSR material, how it's changed in the last 5-10 years and tips on how to buy. 

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RPG Bits

April 17th, 2019

10:01

I talk about things like how to record hit points and initiative.

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Disrespect At The Table

April 16th, 2019

9:48

I answer an email and give some thoughts on dealing with the worst type of players.

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It Pays To Increase Your Word Power

April 15th, 2019

8:11

I talk about in-game descriptions and how to add to your vocabulary.

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Hanging Plots Out To Dry

April 14th, 2019

8:10

I talk about a different way to plot out adventures.

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Extra Parts

April 13th, 2019

9:42

I talk about the rules in OSR games that folks don't always use (thanks to Erik Tenkar for the idea).

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Levels And Training

April 12th, 2019

9:41

I talk about XP, levels and training for them.

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Location, Location, Location

April 11th, 2019

10:57

I talk about planning out locations in RPG adventures.

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Don't Get Lazy

April 10th, 2019

10:58

I talk about giving it your all behind the screen.

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Hand On The Throttle

April 9th, 2019

17:14

I talk about adjusting things for higher-level PCs, in prep and at the table.

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More Conversion Therapy

April 8th, 2019

15:03

I answer another email from Mark Wallring about how to rework and adapt things from current RPGs to the OSR.

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Conversion Therapy

April 7th, 2019

23:32

I answer an email about converting later editions of D&D to OSR rules.

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Okay, That Guy Must DIE!

April 6th, 2019

8:55

 I talk more about arch-enemies, how they meet their demise and how they may NOT stay dead. 

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Now I REALLY Hate That Guy!

April 5th, 2019

8:46

I talk more about developing arch enemies for your campaign.

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BOY I Hate That Guy!

April 4th, 2019

10:29

I talk about the creating Arch Enemies for your campaign.

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1000 Words

April 3rd, 2019

8:56

I talk about using art, photos and Pintrest to generate RPG ideas.

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In Our Last Episode...

April 2nd, 2019

8:42

I talk about how to restart the game from a cliffhanger or mid-combat.

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Putting The Pieces Together

April 1st, 2019

10:32

I talk about campaign worlds and how to make them more cohesive.

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Family Life And The Gender Blender

March 31st, 2019

11:51

I talk about PCs who marry or have a family and playing different genders in RPGs.

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Shut Up Fred! We're NOT Splitting Up!

March 30th, 2019

9:41

I talk about splitting the party, why you should not do it and how to handle it when it does happen.

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Wheels Within Wheels

March 29th, 2019

12:28

I talk about overly-complex RPG plots.

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No You Don't Get Medical And A 401K!

March 28th, 2019

11:22

I talk about using henchmen and hirelings in a game.

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Shell Beach, Anyone?

March 27th, 2019

9:12

I talk about using the film "Dark City" as a supers campaign background.

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When The Spotlight Is Stuck

March 26th, 2019

14:35

I talk about when one PC is the focus of the session.

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Movie Tricks

March 25th, 2019

10:36

I talk about how to figure out some movie tricks to be used in RPG sessions.

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How Much of A Killer GM Are Ya, Killer?

March 24th, 2019

11:20

I talk about lethality in RPGs and where (or if) you draw the line.

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How Old Is Old?

March 23rd, 2019

10:16

I talk about how to handle (or not handle) age in RPGs.

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Great Lunden, The Midderlands And You (with Glynn Seal)

March 22nd, 2019

30:08

Okay, in this extended episode I talk to Glynn Seal of Monkeyblood Design about his campaign world of The Midderlands and his new Kickstarter …

Monster Stats From The Ground Up

March 21st, 2019

8:43

I talk about how to create monster stats and the hacks you can use to create them.

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Laying It All Out

March 20th, 2019

10:42

I talk about the organization and layout of RPG books.

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IS A Tree A Tree?

March 19th, 2019

10:35

I talk about description in RPGs and how to use it.

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We Recycle (Monsters)

March 18th, 2019

9:21

I ruminate on recycling monster sheets for your campaign.

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Alterations Made While-You-Wait

March 17th, 2019

10:27

I talk more about creating frameworks and how to adjust your adventure on-the-fly.

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Your Tropes And Changing Perspective

March 16th, 2019

10:54

I talk about certain ways GMs run their games that are hard-wired into them plus how they sometimes have to change their perspective in the game.

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Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Halflings

March 15th, 2019

6:40

I talk about a couple of types of halflings to use in your games.

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Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Elves

March 14th, 2019

8:56

I talk about different kinds of elves to use in your RPG sessions.

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Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Dwarves

March 13th, 2019

8:27

I talk about dwarves in RPGs and a few different personalities that can be used by players or the GM.

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The Little Things

March 12th, 2019

9:25

I talk about using player (and your own) real-life experience to enhance your games.

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Getting Sloppy: A Personal Challenge

March 11th, 2019

12:19

I talk about getting a bit sloppy in my GMing and setting a goal to fix that.

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Lawnmower Man

March 10th, 2019

6:51

I talk about how to re-engage your muse after prep interruptions.

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You WILL Be A Game Master!

March 9th, 2019

9:45

I talk about the inevitable urge that happens to every RPG gamer.

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Rally Around The Spotlight

March 8th, 2019

8:13

I talk about how focusing on one PC in a campaign can still be an enjoyable experience for all.

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Right Out My Backside

March 7th, 2019

13:34

I talk about ad-libbing encounters.

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Sometimes The Stars AIN'T Right

March 6th, 2019

12:06

I talk about when a session isn't going well and how to pull the plug.

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Everybody Have Fun Tonight

March 5th, 2019

9:53

I talk about how everyone at the table should have fun, including the GM.

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Hit 'Em Where It Hurts

March 4th, 2019

9:35

I talk about figuring out what makes your RPG BBEG tick and what are his weaknesses.

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Manual Vs. Automatic

March 3rd, 2019

6:51

I talk about using electronics vs printed books for RPG reference at the table.

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ENGAGE!

March 2nd, 2019

9:40

I rant about "casual gamers."

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[TITLE]: The Roleplaying Game

March 1st, 2019

10:15

I talk about RPGs based on licensed properties.

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Kiss The Cook

February 28th, 2019

9:50

I talk about how food can be used in RPGs.

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You Can Learn A Lot From A Jolly Green Giant

February 27th, 2019

9:51

I talk about a trope that works well in RPGs - the PCs On The Run.

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Lay of The Land 2

February 26th, 2019

10:57

I talk about the convenience of pre-printed maps.

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(Un)charted Desert Isles

February 25th, 2019

10:22

I talk about why I like using islands in my campaigns.

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Days of Future When?

February 24th, 2019

11:57

I talk about how far After The End to set post-apocalyptic RPGs.

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Cutscenes - In or Out?

February 23rd, 2019

11:17

I talk about cutscenes in RPGs and whether they're useful or not.

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Knock Your Block Off

February 22nd, 2019

10:55

I talk about Writer's Block and ways to work through it.

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More Arc Welding

February 21st, 2019

9:15

I talk about a few more things about arc welding RPG material I didn't mention in the last episode.

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Campaign Arc-Welding

February 20th, 2019

13:34

I talk about how to blend in other sources to original story material in a campaign.

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Well Isn't That Special or Mini Decisions

February 19th, 2019

12:18

I talk about making convention games special and what to use in place of minis.

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I Can Slot You In Mondays...

February 18th, 2019

9:57

I talk about gaming in a limited time slot and getting the session going quickly.

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Bad Guy Bull Session

February 17th, 2019

11:16

I talk about a couple of things to do when creating and running bad guys.

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RPG Baby Steps

February 16th, 2019

8:41

I talk about first-time GMs and my grandson talks about the campaign his brother is running.

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Turning The Tables On Encounters

February 15th, 2019

11:04

I talk about my love for random encounter tables and how they can enhance the game.

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Don't Fear The Atmosphere

February 14th, 2019

9:11

And now a few random thoughts about atmosphere in RPGs.

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RPGs: Filling A Need

February 13th, 2019

10:40

I talk about why I game and how it fills a need from something else.

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Variations On A Druid

February 12th, 2019

8:09

I talk about variant druids and how to play them.

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Variations On A Monk

February 11th, 2019

11:18

I talk about the 1E monk and the Basic D&D Mystic along with ways to play them.

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Variaions On A Paladin

February 10th, 2019

12:24

I talk about different types of paladins in RPGs and how to play them.

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Variations On A Ranger

February 9th, 2019

11:06

I talk about various types of rangers for RPGs.

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Variations On A Bard

February 8th, 2019

10:51

I talk about different types of bard for your RPG.

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Variations On An Assassin

February 7th, 2019

8:19

I talk about ways to play an assassin.

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More Ad-Lib Prep

February 6th, 2019

12:15

I listen to an email from Rich and elaborate on prepping to ad-lib in a game.

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Resources or Trust The Prep

February 5th, 2019

8:49

I talk about how to manage your GM "resources" and trusting the prep.

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The Two-Faced Gamer

February 4th, 2019

9:19

I talk about what it means to be a dual-class player/GM.

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Twisted!

February 3rd, 2019

9:31

I talk about plot twists and how to create and use them.

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Accesorize!

February 2nd, 2019

12:49

I talk about non-magic equipment that help with magic-based creatures.

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Variations On A Magic-User

February 1st, 2019

9:55

I talk about different types of magic-users in RPGs and how to play them.

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Variations On A Cleric

January 31st, 2019

9:50

I talk about a few different types of clerics and how to play them in RPGs.

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Variations On A Fighter

January 30th, 2019

8:38

I talk about a few different takes on a fighter in RPGs.

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Variations On A Thief

January 29th, 2019

8:54

I talk about a few types of thief in RPGs.

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It's All About The Package

January 28th, 2019

7:35

I talk about "package deals" for character creation in class-and-level RPGs.

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Terrain Keeps A-Rollin'

January 27th, 2019

9:36

I talk about building terrain pieces for RPGs and why I don't.

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The Art of Scheduling RPG Sessions

January 26th, 2019

9:05

I talk about scheduling times for games and what to do about absences.

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Giving Props Props

January 25th, 2019

8:20

I talk about using props in RPGs.

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If It Walks Like A Duck...

January 23rd, 2019

9:49

Inspired by Joethelawyer's email, I talk about describing the flora and fauna of your campaign world.

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Talking About Tone

January 22nd, 2019

13:47

I talk about setting and keeping the right tone in your game.

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Groups 03: Plotting The Syndicate

January 21st, 2019

10:36

I talk about ways to use those groups you've been creating.

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Groups 02: Working The Syndicate

January 20th, 2019

12:31

I talk about what to do with organizations and how they operate.

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Groups 01: Making The Syndicate

January 19th, 2019

11:31

I talk about how to create groups and organizations for RPGs.

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Level/Level

January 18th, 2019

10:38

I talk about X.P.-based leveling vs. Adventure-based leveling in class/level RPGs.

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Know Your Undead: Liches

January 17th, 2019

12:28

In this, the 200th episode, I talk about liches and how to use them in RPGs.

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Know Your Undead: Ghosts

January 16th, 2019

13:53

I talk about the ghost in RPGs and how I'd handle them.

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Know Your Undead: Spectres

January 15th, 2019

8:34

I talk about the spectre and their use in a game.

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Know Your Undead: Ghasts

January 14th, 2019

7:55

I talk about the use of the ghast in RPGs.

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Know Your Undead: Shadows

January 13th, 2019

9:22

I talk about shadows and what to do with 'em.

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Know Your Undead: Mummies

January 12th, 2019

9:00

I talk about one of my favorite undead, the mummy and how to use them.

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Know Your Undead: Wraiths

January 11th, 2019

11:08

I talk about the wight's "cousin", the wraith and how to use them in a game.

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Know Your Undead: Wights

January 10th, 2019

13:50

I talk about wights and how to use 'em.

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Know Your Undead: Skeletons

January 9th, 2019

10:48

I talk about the lowly skeleton and how I would use them in my games.

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Know Your Undead: Vampires

January 8th, 2019

9:45

I talk about vampires and my favorite incarnation.

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Know Your Undead: Zombies Vs. Ghouls

January 7th, 2019

9:52

I talk about zombies vs. ghouls, the difference between the two and how they should be used.

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How Deep Is Your Onion?

January 6th, 2019

10:11

I talk about adventure "layers" and how many should you have (if any).

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Influence

January 5th, 2019

10:16

I talk about secret groups, societies, etc. - they're not just for bad guys.

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Well...I've Been Sick

January 4th, 2019

7:39

I talk about PCs and monsters that are not 100% healthy or disabled in some way and how to work that into an adventure.

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Trapping The Trapper

January 4th, 2019

10:27

I talk about how traps aren't just for bad guys.

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The Art of Fleeing

January 3rd, 2019

9:01

I talk about running away, being captured and how that's not always a bad thing.

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A Few Faves

December 31st, 2018

13:02

I talk about 2-3 of my favorite modules I've used and reused.

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Ramblin' Relics

December 30th, 2018

8:06

I talk about the Artifacts and Relics chapter in the 1E DMG and what it was intended for.

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Crits For All Ages

December 29th, 2018

11:12

I talk about how to deal with a mix of younger players and older gamers.

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The Use of The Muse

December 28th, 2018

8:43

I talk about how GMs should use their muse to brainstorm and help with creativity.

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The Boomerang Effect

December 27th, 2018

10:29

I talk about how to set up long-ranging plot points in games.

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Game By Adaption.

December 26th, 2018

10:37

I talk about adapting material from other media for your game.

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My Game, Their Rules.

December 24th, 2018

6:39

I talk about the current goings-on in the OSR and who and why I I support some publishers.

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Gaming By The Numbers

December 23rd, 2018

9:11

I talk about prepping numbers for the game.

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Bound Up

December 22nd, 2018

10:43

I talk about how GMs can get module-bound and how I keep that from happening.

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Ho Ho No

December 21st, 2018

9:11

I talk about what kind of holiday-themed adventures I run.

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VS!

December 20th, 2018

12:30

I talk about how I referee and how I dislike adversarial/killer GMs.

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Go Right At The Altar, Ya Can't Miss It

December 19th, 2018

13:06

I talk about how to do mapless combat by using landmarks.

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Bigger Than A Bread Box?

December 7th, 2018

4:43

I talk about monster descriptions.

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More Mega & FLGS Stuff

December 6th, 2018

9:47

I answer a voicemail on megadungeons and an email about my FLGS episode.

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Dissecting The Megadungeon

December 5th, 2018

9:55

I talk about how to get more use out of a megadungeon.

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I Gave Them WHAT?

December 4th, 2018

10:58

I talk about giving PCs things that aren't game-breakers but do have an impact on future adventures.

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The Sound And The Fury

December 3rd, 2018

11:50

I talk about making sounds to set the mood and atmosphere.

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The Slush Pile: The Spitting Duck

December 2nd, 2018

7:32

I check the slush pile and check out The Spitting Duck.

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The "F" in FLGS

December 1st, 2018

11:21

I talk about my Friendly Local Game Store and how it measures up.

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Keeping Track

November 30th, 2018

10:22

I talk about keeping track of player characters.

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The Hunt Goes On...

November 29th, 2018

11:13

I talk about finding older used OSR games in this digital age.

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Prepare Your Coffins, Sabata Is Rolling 20's

November 28th, 2018

12:08

I talk about how Spaghetti Westerns are a good source of adventure ideas.

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Mundane Made Awesome

November 27th, 2018

10:24

I talk about how mundane random encounters can be good opportunities to spice up the game.

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System Report

November 26th, 2018

9:12

Back after a hiatus, I talk about setting your systems and sort-of balancing encounters.

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An Obligatory E-Mail Episode

November 15th, 2018

12:27

I answer a few emails pertaining to previous episodes.

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Anyone Up For A Three-Way?

November 14th, 2018

11:32

I talk about how running battles with more than 2 opponents will keep the PCs on their toes and help them think out of the box.

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Fly Home Buddy!

November 13th, 2018

10:33

I talk about the NPC admirer/hanger-on/pest that turns up all the time and how this is a good role-playing opportunity.

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Storage Wars: The RPGs

November 12th, 2018

9:44

I talk about how I have my physical books stored and what is the best way to do it for transient (and not so transient) people.

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One Man's Meat...

November 11th, 2018

10:49

I disjointedly talk and maybe semi-rant (I'm not sure) about RPGs that, while good systems, I don't care for and why,

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Wise Guys

November 10th, 2018

10:07

I talk about playing foes smarter.

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Walls and Chains

November 9th, 2018

9:56

I talk about walls and other fortifications in addition to having a "chain" of businesses in a campaign world.

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More Map Stuff

November 8th, 2018

6:20

A short episode about finding maps in unusual places.

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Thunder & Cons

November 7th, 2018

12:03

I go on a bit of a rant defending Thunder Rift then I talk about how to do convention game write-ups.

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I Roll The Songs

November 6th, 2018

10:52

I talk about getting inspiration from rock and country songs.

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Chock Full O' Nuts

November 5th, 2018

10:26

I talk alignment, that ol' bugaboo Chaotic Neutral and how to play crazy without ruining the game.

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The Five "W"s or Fun With Tables

November 4th, 2018

13:25

I pull the 1E AD&D DMG off the shelf and show how to use the 5 "W"s and the Appendix tables to create adventures.

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The Slush Pile: Stygian Derp

November 3rd, 2018

8:22

I brainstorm about goblins tunneling.

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The Slush Pile: Soo-Eee!

November 2nd, 2018

9:33

I brainstorm about a rather peculiar hog farm.

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The Slush Pile: The Old Ogre

November 1st, 2018

9:56

I dig into my slush pile and brainstorm about an elderly ogre visiting the city one last time.

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Five-Finger Discount

October 31st, 2018

13:03

I talk about stealing mechanics from other RPGs for your game.

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Vorpal Bugbears

October 30th, 2018

9:41

I talk about using monsters and magic items in your campaign world that fit.

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Crawling In The Sand

October 29th, 2018

9:48

I talk about running a hex crawl in a small sandbox

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Bottles and Shifts

October 25th, 2018

8:27

I talk about some game adventure premises: "bottle episodes" and a typical shift/day/night of a group.

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Like Tears In The Rain

October 24th, 2018

9:16

I talk about the the ways to use androids (especially replicants) in Mutant Future.

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The OTHER Way I Organize

October 23rd, 2018

7:38

I talk about how I file and keep track of the physical papers, note and other ephemera of adventures I have ran.

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Adventure Cookbooks

October 22nd, 2018

9:55

I talk about what I use to create adventures and what I take with me for such endeavors (plus a mini-review of the Table Fables books).

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Leave The Damn Gate OPEN!!

October 21st, 2018

8:54

I talk about my dislike for RPG gatekeepers and how the hobby always needs an influx of new gamers.

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Gettin' The Word Out

October 20th, 2018

9:38

I talk about how OSR books need more word-of-mouth.

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Premises, Premeses...

October 19th, 2018

10:44

I talk about how a good premise can give your campaign the foundation to thrive.

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Heartbreaker!

October 18th, 2018

9:23

I talk about my RPG heartbreaker systems.

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Let's See What They're Made Of

October 17th, 2018

12:34

I talk about testing the PCs and adjusting/ramping up encounters based on their stats and growth throughout the campaign.

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Monster Stat Blues

October 16th, 2018

11:08

I talk about writing monster stats for newly-created critters.

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Pregens...Again

October 15th, 2018

11:18

Thanks to Colin's voicemail I finish up my talk on finding/making/using pregens.

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Play The Hand You're Dealt

October 14th, 2018

10:18

I talk about playing the pre-gen you have at conventions.

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Lordy It's Dark!

October 13th, 2018

10:05

After I answer a voicemail from Chrispy I talk about how to handle demihumans' darkvision ability and plug an old TSR FR supplement.

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The Other Side of The Sandbox

October 12th, 2018

11:32

I talk about another way to prep sandbox sessions.

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No Class

October 11th, 2018

6:03

I talk about the migration to MeWe and how I don't like NPC classes.

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What's My Motivation?

October 10th, 2018

13:14

I talk about character backstories, their relation to Method Acting and my take on creating them.

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Draino

October 9th, 2018

8:19

I talk about my dislike of level-drains and a couple of alternates.

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I Know A Guy...

October 8th, 2018

9:35

I talk about how having character contacts can enrich the game.

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A Twist In The Tale

October 7th, 2018

8:08

I talk about making connections, plot twists and how you can use the players to enrich the adventure.

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Stage To Table (And Back)

October 6th, 2018

12:42

I talk about how I found out that playing or GMing an RPG game is closer to stage acting than I realized.

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Starting Anew

October 5th, 2018

9:46

I talk about having to start with a new character after a PC death in my Thursday Mithgarthr (

The Social Contract

October 4th, 2018

7:45

I talk about the social contract for RPG groups in a vague way.

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The RPG Formula

October 3rd, 2018

9:38

I talk about how formulas can be used to create and enhance your adventures.

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XP, Advancement & Creation

October 2nd, 2018

10:23

I talk about how to hand out XP and class/level systems vs. point-buy systems.

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What Measure Is a PC?

October 1st, 2018

10:29

I talk about the three things (stat-wise) that make up a good PC.

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Dice Foibles

September 30th, 2018

8:15

I talk about how I use dice and how I roll.

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Man, Dig That Cat With The Craaaazy Dice!

September 29th, 2018

9:12

I talk about how my GM sessions are like cool 50's jazz improvisations.

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Debriefing Yourself

September 28th, 2018

10:04

I talk about recording the GM's after-session notes and plans for next session (featuring - once again - the bullet journal).

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I'm A Sap About Maps

September 27th, 2018

10:46

I talk about how I deal with making and using maps in sessions.

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Running Gags and My Place In The OSR

September 26th, 2018

12:26

I talk about running gags and callbacks in games plus wondering what purpose I serve in the OSR. WARNING: introspection and navel-gazing in the 2nd half.

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Fiddly Bits

September 25th, 2018

9:22

I talk about things I as a GM do regardless of system like initiative, XP and race-as-class.

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Monster Booster

September 24th, 2018

8:45

I talk about some of my favorite "supplemental" monster books to punch up a scenario (with a minor rant about said books).

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Code 36 STAT!

September 23rd, 2018

11:55

I talk about the 36 Dramatic Situations and how they help to create adventures.

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RPG Problem Children

September 22nd, 2018

11:48

I talk about certain rules in RPGs you hate or cannot understand.

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With A Single Step

September 21st, 2018

9:30

I talk about the journey vs. the destination in RPG games.

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Lay of The Land

September 20th, 2018

8:37

I talk about my favorite terrains and landscapes and how they inspire me.

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Ode To A Campaign

September 19th, 2018

13:24

This time I reflect on a 2-year D&D campaign that recently ended, one of the best I've ever played in and a model campaign.

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Who's the New Guy?

September 18th, 2018

10:16

I talk about how to use pre-generated characters and where to get them.

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Shop 'Till You Drop

September 17th, 2018

11:34

I talk about using the PC's shopping trips in town as a place to hang plot hooks.

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Baby Steps

September 16th, 2018

11:20

I talk about finding a good intro adventure for neophyte gamers.

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Table Stakes

September 15th, 2018

9:58

I talk about random encounter tables and how the AD&D 1E Monster Manual II is the best for rolling your own.

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Milestone, Not Millstone

September 14th, 2018

12:05

This, the 100th episode, I talk more about the state of RPG publishing after being spurred on by a couple of voicemails and an email. Then it's thank …

A Good, Full-Bodied Vintage Whine

September 13th, 2018

10:26

I rant about too much production value in RPG material. BTW, no game publishers were hurt in this episode.

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THAT Guy Again!

September 12th, 2018

10:52

I talk about loose cannon NPCs, how they can spice up your game and keep the PCs on their toes.

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Simple Man, Simple Plan

September 11th, 2018

11:25

I talk about the fact that maybe I plan too simple a scenario.

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Speedy-Prep

September 10th, 2018

20:16

In a followup from the last time, in this double-size episode I go through a way to prep a game in about an hour.

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Well Whack My Dice and Call Me Speedy

September 9th, 2018

11:01

I talk about how fast a GM can come up with a scenario from scratch.

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You Can Lead A Group To Water...

September 8th, 2018

10:24

I talk about generally leading a group to adventure by giving them what their characters want.

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Bullet To The Head

September 7th, 2018

9:39

I talk about how I take and use notes and my recent discovery of bullet journals.

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The Logical Delve

September 6th, 2018

9:48

I talk about how dungeons should be logical and plausible.

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Holy Baloney

September 5th, 2018

11:04

I talk about deities books and how they're of limited use to me.

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Fantasy Fill-Er-Up

September 4th, 2018

10:27

I ponder Erik Tenkar's question of how much fantasy is in my games and give my inscrutably peculiar answer.

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Where Do You Work-a, John?

September 3rd, 2018

12:01

I talk about the venerable Secondary Skills Table in the 1E DMG and (with a little help from Mike Stewart) how I get it to work for me as a skill system.

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The Art of Shutting Up

September 2nd, 2018

9:43

I talk about times to be quiet as a GM and (thanks to Jason Hobbs) my take on indy campaigns and when you can (and can't) integrate them into your game.

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Let It Go

September 1st, 2018

11:29

I talk about character attachment.

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Brute Squad Boot Camp

August 31st, 2018

10:22

I talk about using the brute-type monsters such as gnolls and bugbears as something more than just a mob by combining stronger, smarter monsters to …

Dem Bones Gonna Walk Around

August 30th, 2018

10:22

I talk about the use of undead (particularly low-level undead) in RPGs.

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Handle With Care

August 29th, 2018

10:05

I talk about a couple of plots that will work with the right group or system and a little finesse.

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From My Pointy Head

August 28th, 2018

9:47

I talk about pointcrawls vs. hexcrawls when mapping.

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My Brain Hurts

August 27th, 2018

9:51

I have the dreaded, inevitable psionics talk and recommend alternatives to AD&D's system.

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Punching It Up

August 26th, 2018

8:59

I talk about punching up your adventure and the value of having another look at it.

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The Hard Ones

August 25th, 2018

10:05

I talk about how difficult it is to write adventures for certain genres.

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Fade To Noir

August 24th, 2018

11:15

I talk about laying styles over RPG genres using the Film Noir style.

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In-for-MAY-shun...

August 23rd, 2018

12:32

I talk about the flow of information between the GM and players.

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Let The Gamer Beware!

August 22nd, 2018

11:25

I talk about rules additions, new classes and anything else GMs and/or players want to bring into the campaign.

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What's In YOUR Wallet?

August 21st, 2018

11:31

I talk about "back pocket scenarios" for impromptu game sessions and campaign arcs that are easy to break up/modify.

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Packin' The Gear

August 20th, 2018

12:00

I talk about equipment for the PCs and how Adventurer's Packs can be very handy.

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More or Less...

August 19th, 2018

10:11

I talk about adjusting the levels in a campaign and also about rules light vs. rules heavy RPGs and how players can (or can't) adapt to the ruleset.

Alterations Made While-You-Wait

August 18th, 2018

9:45

I talk about cutting down higher-level adventures for lower-level (or undermanned) groups of PCs.

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Ring-Around-A-Rosy Map

August 17th, 2018

13:01

Prompted by a voicemail, I talk about my Rosy Sandbox technique.

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And The Beat Goes On

August 16th, 2018

9:40

I talk about beats in an adventure and how they change at the table.

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Let That Plot Breathe!

August 15th, 2018

9:28

I talk about linear plots and how to loosen up the beats of the story for player agency.

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Attention Must be Paid

August 14th, 2018

10:57

I talk about distractions, paying attention and electronics at the table.

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Hooked

August 13th, 2018

10:30

I talk about how to find hooks in published material and how to create your own.

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The Game of The Name

August 12th, 2018

10:07

I talk about names for PCs and NPCs.

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Drawing Out The Ideas

August 11th, 2018

11:20

I talk about how I use my sketchbook to generate ideas for my game sessions.

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The Load

August 10th, 2018

11:34

I talk about how kidnappings and rescues can work for your game.

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A Case of Identity

August 9th, 2018

9:39

I talk about a plot device and NPC that has to do with PC's identity.

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Hacking It

August 8th, 2018

14:27

I talk about the hacks I use in RPGs.

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What Would Conan Do?

August 7th, 2018

11:17

I talk about Conan, Thundarr and why I don't get the dislike of Pulp Fantasy.

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Digital Doofus

August 6th, 2018

10:57

I talk about using electronic means (mostly Campaign Logger) to do my campaign notes.

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The Rant That Wouldn't Die

August 5th, 2018

11:32

I listen to a voicemail and then go off on a whine about popular games, peer pressure and how intro gaming videos kinda dumb down the game.

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It's Da Bomb!

August 4th, 2018

10:49

After I congratulate some ENnie winners I talk more about post-apocalyptic gaming.

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THIS Is A Thriller!

August 3rd, 2018

11:18

After a voicemail and a quick music/SFX update I talk about the way I like to run horror/thriller scenarios.

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Organization or Lack Thereof

August 2nd, 2018

9:58

I talk about how I (try to) organize my session/campaign material.

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Of Shelves And NPCs

August 1st, 2018

20:07

I talk about the essential books I have at hand and using character actors as NPCs.

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Tune In Next Time

July 31st, 2018

11:51

I talk about putting characters in deadly situations.

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Brevity

July 30th, 2018

9:29

I talk about how much description to put into campaign worlds.

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Gettin' My Sheet Together

July 29th, 2018

10:48

I talk about character sheets, my preferences and where to get them.

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The Trick of The Trap

July 28th, 2018

14:14

I talk about traps and how to use them.

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Gripes

July 27th, 2018

11:37

Talking about gripes I have with RPGs.

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Whoops! Apocalypse!

July 26th, 2018

12:11

I talk about post-apocalypse games and how to handle them.

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Let's You And Him Fight

July 25th, 2018

11:51

I talk about how to balance (and not balance) encounters.

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MicroSand

July 24th, 2018

13:07

I talk about micro settings/hexcrawls and how to manage them using the Rosy Sandbox method.

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Cold Start

July 23rd, 2018

10:34

Talking about how to kick start ideas when you have nothing in your head.

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A Tale of Three Toolboxes

July 22nd, 2018

25:58

Voicemails then I talk about three toolbox RPGs - HERO/Champions, GURPS and Savage Worlds.

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Whither 5E?

July 21st, 2018

17:58

I answer some voicemails and talk (rant?) about 5E and my attitude/concerns over it.

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The War House: A Memory

July 20th, 2018

11:56

I talk about my favorite FLGS and the feelings that keep me coming back to the OSR.

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QuickiePrep

July 19th, 2018

12:58

As a followup to Episode 42 I talk about how I do the rest of my game prep.

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All Blocked Up

July 18th, 2018

10:32

I talk about monster stat blocks and how to keep them simple.

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What's In The Bag?

July 17th, 2018

11:32

I answer Colin's email and talk about the basics of what I carry in my game bag.

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Tokened

July 16th, 2018

12:48

I talk about minis vs. tokens and why I use 'em (tokens, that is).

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The GM Screen Experiment

July 15th, 2018

12:04

I talk about GM screens (again) and the usefulness of a mini screen.

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ENnies And Stuff

July 14th, 2018

11:30

Here I talk about a couple things left out of my YouTube review of Victorious and give my 2 cents about the ENnies and awards and award shows in general.

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On The Road: Streamlining

July 13th, 2018

10:05

In my final episode from New Mexico I talk about things I picked up GMing for my grandkids and how to streamline things when running at the table.

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On The Road: Hooks

July 12th, 2018

13:25

I answer a voicemail and then it's back to New Mexico to talk about plot hooks and where to put 'em.

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On The Road: Padding

July 11th, 2018

16:31

Here I talk a little about The Temple of Elemental Evil and then it's off to New Mexico where I chat about padding and extending your game session.

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On The Road: Festival!

July 10th, 2018

10:37

I answer a viocemail and talk from New Mexico about using festivals and celebrations in RPGs.

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On The Road: Organic

July 9th, 2018

14:03

More musing from New Mexico. This time about organic vs. tacked-on RPGs.

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On The Road: Screens Redux

July 8th, 2018

12:48

In this episode I answer a voicemail and play the first in a series of field recordings. This time: more about GM screens.

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How I Dood It

June 29th, 2018

19:11

This time I answer a voicemail from Jason Hobbs and Dave writes in asking how I started the YouTube videos, which I gladly answer.

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Read Dread Redemption

June 28th, 2018

10:45

I talk about adapting X1 The Isle of Dread to suit my needs.

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Goofy Is As Goofy Does

June 27th, 2018

10:35

I answer an email and talk about where to put goofy places in your world.

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Poker Face

June 26th, 2018

10:02

I talk about using a deadpan face and rolling dice as a GM to be enigmatic to your players.

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Keepin' Your Powder Dry

June 25th, 2018

13:35

I talk about firearms in fantasy RPGs.

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Some Monster Sheet

June 24th, 2018

11:14

I talk about how I handle monster stats in-game.

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Rollin' On The Road

June 23rd, 2018

10:38

I talk about creating adventures for a road trip.

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Rolling With It

June 22nd, 2018

10:54

I pontificate on role-playing vs. roll-playing and how I like a balance.

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Skillz To Pay The Billz

June 21st, 2018

11:04

I answer an email and talk about my favorite skill system.

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Game Gold Is Where You Find It

June 20th, 2018

12:05

I talk a bit about using tables for scenarios and how I come up with adventures.

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Some Character Sheet

June 19th, 2018

13:53

I talk about buying RPGs, what to look for and how character sheets can tell you a lot about the game.

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Super Supers

June 18th, 2018

11:40

I talk about supers games and the genre for RPGs.

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Leave It At The Door

June 17th, 2018

10:27

I talk about not bringing baggage to or work out your problems at the table.

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Why Do It?

June 17th, 2018

11:00

I talk about why I roleplay and GM.

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Mutant Future With A Hammer

June 15th, 2018

15:10

I go over the previous nights' game, muse over what to run at my next convention and how I weld plots together.

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Pace Time!

June 14th, 2018

12:01

I talk about pacing and timing in games and how to structure an adventure to take advantage of them.

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Screened Out

June 13th, 2018

9:33

I answer an email and talk (Well, rant a bit) about how and why I use a GM screen.

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Reviewing Reviews

June 12th, 2018

9:51

I talk about the hows and whys of reviewing in general and my reviews in particular.

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NTX 2018: Baby's First Con

June 11th, 2018

13:01

I recap North Texas RPG Con 2018 and talk about experiencing your first convention.

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Junk In The Trunk

June 6th, 2018

12:07

I talk about character backgrounds.

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Bouncing off PCs

June 5th, 2018

9:58

I talk a bit about condensing convention stuff but the main topic is the NPCs playing off the PCs and ad-libbing in general.

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Countering Encounters

June 4th, 2018

11:38

I talk about monster reactions and morale in RPGs.

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Sandwiches Everywhere!

June 3rd, 2018

9:37

I talk about sandbox campaigns and how I deal with them, featuring the Sandbox Compass.

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Music Hath Charms

June 2nd, 2018

12:19

I talk about how music and SFX can add to your RPG session.

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PrepCon

June 1st, 2018

10:19

Topic: How I prep for a con and overdo it.

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Popcorn And Dice 3

May 31st, 2018

11:16

I do a shout-out, recommend some comics and talk about how to use Kelly's Heroes as the basis for an RPG adventure.

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Popcorn And Dice 2

May 30th, 2018

13:51

I have last thoughts (for now) on Acting Behind The Screen, answer a voice message and talk about using the plot of Rio Bravo in your game.

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Popcorn And Dice

May 29th, 2018

18:10

I answer a voicemail and talk about using a movie plot in RPGs.

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Trodding The Boards Behind The Screen

May 28th, 2018

17:38

I talk about Acting Tips in RPGs and why you should try it.

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Back To The Bench

May 27th, 2018

12:50

Here I talk about prepping for NTX 2018 and how benchmarks make statting out NPCs and monster a lot easier.

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Stress Test

May 27th, 2018

25:46

My first episode where I intro myself, talk about my experience and game philosophy and answer a couple emails.

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